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Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative research
  • Focus group research
  • Research with chidren and families


  1. Big Ideas: Testament of Youth: An Autobiographical Study of the Years 1900-1925. By Vera Brittain. Nurse Education Today
  2. & A qualitative national focus group study of the experience of living with lymphoedema and accessing local multiprofessional lymphoedema clinics. Journal of Advanced Nursing
  3. & A qualitative study of final year adult field nursing students experiences caring for people affected by dementia in Wales. Nurse Education Today 34
  4. & Fathers' experiences of supporting breastfeeding: challenges for breastfeeding promotion and education. Maternal & Child Nutrition, n/a-n/a.
  5. Protecting, providing for and participating in care: Fathers experiences of caring for their sick child in hospital. Journal of Advanced Nursing 69(6), 1390-1399.
  6. Big ideas: Aneurin Bevan on a free health service. Nurse Education Today 33(11), 1269-1271.
  7. 'Notes on Nursing : What it is and what it is not' : by Florence Nightingale. Nurse Education Today 32, 624-626.
  8. Ivan Illich on medical nemesis. Nurse Education Today 32(1), 5-6.
  9. (2011). Family centred care: The evolving role of fathers as carers of their sick child. Presented at Royal College of Nursing International Research Conference,
  10. (Eds.). Children and Young People's Nursing: Principles for Practice. London: Hodder Arnold.
  11. Children's Community Nursing. In Children and Young People's Nursing: Principles for Practice. (pp. 237-256). London: Hodder Arnold.
  12. Advanced practice in children and young people's nursing. In Children and Young People's Nursing: Principles for Practice. (pp. 371-404). London: Hodder Arnold.
  13. & Understanding Barrett’s columnar lined oesophagus from patients' perspectives: qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews with patients. BMJ Frontline Gastroenterolgy 2, 168-175.
  14. (2010). Community Children’s Nursing Provision 2010: Position Paper and Scoping Exercise . : Nursing Praxis International.

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  • SHN3064 Leadership and Management (Child)

    This module will focus on management and leadership in the field of children‿s and young people‿s nursing. Emphasis will be given to managing nursing care, managing change in the clinical environment and the qualities of clinical leadership.


  • Designing, Implementing and Evaluating an equitable Lymphoedema Service in Wales (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Tessa Watts
    Other supervisor: Prof Jaynie Rance
  • An Investigation of Paramedics' attitudes and understanding in relation to the safeguarding of children in their daily practice (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Edwards

Career History

Following a successful clinical career as a Registered Nurse, Registered Children’s Nurse and Health Visitor, I moved into Higher Education in 1994. I was awarded a Masters in Social Ethics (Cardiff University) in 1991 and a PhD from the University of Wales, College of Medicine in 2002. My research interests span health and social care with a special focus on chronic conditions and palliative care. I am committed to breaking down barriers between academe and practice hence my role in developing the Doctorate in Professional Practice which is open to international students and enables them to research their own practice. 

External Responsibilities

  • Reviewer for Evaluation, Trials and Studies, NIHR

    2014 - Present

  • Member of Editorial Board, Issues in Comprehensive Paediatric Nursing

    2012 - Present

  • Reviewer, Tenovus

    2010 - Present

  • Reviewer, NISCHR WALES

    2010 - Present

  • Reviewer , WORD PhD Studentship

    2010 - Present

  • Reviewer, All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

    2010 - Present

  • External Examiner BSc Adult and Children’s Nursing, Cork University

    2010 - Present

  • Consultancy work, ABMU Health Board

    2010 - Present

  • Consultancy work, Hywel Dda Health Board

    2010 - Present

  • Editor, RCN History Society Newsletter

    2010 - Present

  • Chair, Monica Baly History Award Panel, Royal College of Nursing

    2010 - Present

  • External Examiner, Doctorate in Clinical Practice, Surrey University

    2008 - 2012

  • Member, Children and Young People’s Research Network, Wales

    2004 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • A Three Counties Pilot Study of ‘Cyfeillion Gweldda’; Dining Companions for patients with dementia 2014 - 2014

    Hywel Dda Health Board, with R. Davies, T. Watts, T. Alexander, A. Higgins

  • All Wales Evaluation of Lymphoedema Service 2013 - 2013

    Public Health Wales

  • Research Development Group 'Understanding father’s contribution to children’s health and social wellbeing' 2012 - 2012

    Children and Young People’s Research Network , with R. Davies, S. Higham, £2,200

  • Community Children’s Nursing Provision Wales 2010: Position Paper and Scoping Exercise compiled by Dr Ruth Davies RN, RSCN, RHV, Department of Nursing, Swansea University. 2010 - 2010

    Nursing Praxis International, ISBN 1-903625-20-3